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Local agriculture leaders honored in Farm Credit Centennial celebration
Four ag innovators from our area were selected as Top 100 Fresh Perspectives Honorees for shaping the future of agriculture and rural America
Farm Credit Mid-America announced that four ag leaders from Kentucky and Tennessee have been selected as Top 100 Fresh Perspectives Honorees in celebration of the Farm Credit centennial. The Top 100 Fresh Perspectives campaign honors leaders and educators who are shaping the future of agriculture and rural America as the organization celebrates its centennial this July.
Last year, the Farm Credit System conducted a nationwide search to identify and honor 100 agriculture and rural leaders who are positively shaping their communities. More than 1,000 individuals from all 50 states were nominated in 11 categories ranging from financial stewardship to youth leadership. In March, a panel of 21 industry experts evaluated the nominations from communities across the nation and selected the honorees. These top 100 people represent the best and strongest examples of how current community members are changing the face of modern farming.
“Farm Credit took on an exceptional challenge in choosing only 100 individuals to represent the innovation happening in rural America,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO, Farm Credit Mid-America. “We are inspired by the individuals chosen from our region. The Farm Credit centennial is a time to look at where we’ve been and where we’re going.”
The Farm Credit Mid-America Fresh Perspectives honorees are as follows:
Carley Snider from Felicity, Ohio in the category of Youth Leadership (Under 21)
Carley grew up on her family’s small farm and participating in 4-H, which ignited her interest in agriculture at a young age. She has spent the last three years volunteering with a variety of organizations including the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, where she was an Ohio State Fair Ambassador. Carley also held an internship at Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, and she supports the next generation of agriculture advocates as a coach and mentor to her local FFA chapter.
Emily Buck from Gallatin, Tennessee in the category of Youth Leadership (Under 21)
Buck is passionate about ag education. From 2010 to 2011, she served as the Tennessee State FFA president. She currently works as a field representative for United States Representative Diane Black, where she works to promote food policy and dispel common myths about agriculture.
Frank Gifford from Mt. Olivet, Kentucky in the category of Agriculture Education and Community Impact
Gifford, a schoolteacher and sixth-generation farmer, provides students with lesson plans focusing on both ag and business skills. His dedication to his classroom has resulted in an experimental farm-to-table project that supplied fresh produce to the school cafeteria, a quail flock, honey bee hives and even a new livestock barn.
Seneca FFA Chapter from Louisville, Kentucky in the category of Rural and Urban Connection
The Seneca FFA chapter organizes events in the Louisville area that educate and advocate for agriculture locally. Chapter members help shine a light on agriculture by providing exhibitions around town where they bring their own livestock to give demonstrations on all aspects of agriculture, from composting waste to milking cows.
To learn more about the Top 100 honorees, visit
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